But a new policy being tested on Carnival Breeze is making finding a poolside chaise a lot easier. Online cruise forums have been abuzz about the topic since it was announced recently by Carnival Senior Cruise Director John Heald on his Facebook page. Heald said crew members are placing stickers marking the time on loungers that have personal belongings — but no persons. Forty minutes later (giving the guest time to eat, drink, visit the restroom, etc.), if the chairs are still empty, the items are removed and the chairs freed up for others. A note will be left for chair hogs, informing them where they can pick up their flip-flops, paperbacks and sunglasses.
A week after its implementation, the policy is a success, Heald reports, with a large number of loungers available at mid-morning. A training manual is being prepared to share Carnival Breeze’s protocol with other ships in the line.